What is a patent?
A patent is a right, granted by government, to exclude others from making, using, or selling your invention in Canada.
Who We Are
The Patent Office is a part of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and is responsible for granting patents in Canada.
CIPO is an agency of Industry Canada. In addition to patents, CIPO is also responsible for most other intellectual property rights including trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topographies.
What we do
The main functions of the Patent Office are to:
- receive and examine applications for patents and grant patents to qualifying applicants;
- record assignments of patents;
- maintain search files of Canadian and other patent documents and a search room for public use in researching patent documents and records; and
- publish and distribute patent information.